Pulp and paper gain completely new properties and replace plastic
Have you considered how much paper and cardboard you use? With growing demands to replace plastic, the need for cellulose-based solutions will increase. If we want to save on natural resources, we need to create a closed loop for cellulose-based materials such as paper and packaging, as well as adapt to increased reuse, recycling and material upgrades.
RISE operates within the value chain, from wood and cellulose fibres through commercial packaging to recycled materials, offering both full-scale pilot trials and basic research. Together with industrial partners, we investigate different ways of improving products, whether that means reduced raw material and energy consumption or exploring new alternatives, such as nanocellulose and textile/paper fibre blends. In the future, plastic and aluminium solutions, such as for prosthetics and car parts, could be 3D-printed from cellulose-based materials, mouldable paper could replace disposable plastics and flexible paper be used to wrap ice creams and chocolates.